Acrylic Painting for Beginners

Acrylic Painting for Beginners

You’ve always had the itch to start painting but never knew where to start. Acrylic paints are a great place to start. They create amazing results, yet are easy to use and quick drying. There is no mixing chemicals, like you do with oil paints.


Some of the tools you’ll use are similar to what I talked about in my “Watercolor Painting for Beginners” post. This includes using quality materials.

Choose Quality Brushes

Look for brushes that have quality bristles. There is no need to spend a lot of money. One or two brushes of high quality is better than a large pack of brushes that lack quality. Try a few different types until you find the ones you like working with best.

The Right Surface

The paper you choose does not need to be made specifically for acrylic paints. The paper should be thick enough to prevent bleeding. Canvas is another great option. Acrylic is a type of paint that can be used to paint on a wide variety of surfaces, even natural objects such as seashells.

Quality Acrylic Paints

Many acrylic paints come in tubes. Others come in bottles. There is no right or wrong choice when it comes to the type you choose. I don’t recommend tubes made of metal, since they are hard to squeeze after a few uses.


Choose a tube or bottle for each of the primary colors (red, blue and yellow). These you’ll be able to mix to make most other secondary colors (green, orange, purple, etc.). Also purchase white and black to lighten and darken your colors.

Purchase plastic palettes and use those to mix the paints. Palette paper is another option. No matter which type you choose you will have to choose what to paint.

Subjects to Paint

One of my favorite subjects to paint using acrylic paints is geometric patterns. Use masking or painters tape to create your design. Paint the white spaces. Remove the tape once the paint has dried. You never know what result you will get. It’s a great project for beginners.

Another subject is mountain landscapes. It’s nearly impossible to make an ugly mountain landscape. Find an image in a magazine, book or the internet and use it as your guide.

How to Start (abstract using acrylics)

Choose whether to paint on thick board or on canvas. Then begin the painting with a base of color. Choose any color or a combination of colors to paint the base of your project.

After that, add spots of either a complimentary color (if your base is yellow, add ultramarine/purple) or another color of your choice.

Then, using a thin brush, drip drops of another color onto your painting. Smooth out the drips or let them be. Make sure your drips are not too thick or the paint will not dry correctly.

There is no right or wrong way. This is your painting. Just have fun!

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